More and more people around the world have been hearing about 30 Seconds To Mars. FINALLY! With the attention from MTV and VH1, it’s only a matter of time before the Echelon (3oSTM’s devout fans) will expand even more. Beware new 30STM fans: As the “Closer To The Edge” video states, “Yes, this is a cult.” In no way is that a bad thing, either. I had followed the band’s career here and there over the past 12 years. “The Kill” and “A Beautiful Lie” had been in my iTunes library for a long time, but it wasn’t until 2009 when I was looking for more rock music to inspire me while writing my novel “Dream Catchers” that I decided to give some of the band’s other songs a listen. Once I started downloading (legally, of course!), I couldn’t stop! I bought the first two albums by the band and had to know when the next one would be released! Their music is insanely infectious and intricately done. I’ve never seen any artist put so much into everything like these guys do.
Needless to say when their latest album THIS IS WAR was released – I was excited to not only get to review the album, but interview the band’s drummer, Shannon Leto and review 2 of their shows. If you ever get the chance to see 30 Seconds To Mars live, take it! You will never be disappointed.
With all of that said, I want to make clear that this post is NOT for the Echelon. You all know how wonderful this band is already. I’m not writing this because 30STM’s label, Virgin wants me to – even though I am grateful for them hooking me up time and again! And I’m not writing this because Jared Leto has incredible blue eyes. (Even though he really does!)
The reason I am writing this is to tell anyone who’s a fan of music and art to buy the deluxe edition of THIS IS WAR. With 3 bonus tracks and a DVD, this is the ultimate starter kit to introduce you to this epic band! The band’s upcoming single “Hurricane”, which is one of my favorite tracks on the album is now included on the album featuring Kanye West. The video is in post-production now and from the teaser the band sent out, it looks like it’s going to attract a lot of attention! The DVD included with the deluxe album features music videos for “Closer To The Edge” and “Kings and Queens”, along with insightful footage of the band making the video.
No matter what your musical tastes are–be it rock, pop, R&B, contemporary, classical–there is something remarkable about 30 Seconds To Mars’ sound that crosses boundaries. If you don’t want to commit to an entire album, try some tracks out on iTunes. My recommendation is: “Alibi”, “Hurricane”, “Closer To The Edge” and “Night Of The Hunter”. However, I don’t have a doubt in my mind that once you download one song, you’ll be able to stop there. You can pick up THIS IS WAR Deluxe Edition at any music retailer! Just get it and thank me later 😉
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